Lesson 1, Getting Rolling!

First off, we would like to personally welcome you to Wealthy Affiliate. I am Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate and I am going to be the one walking you through the training and the process of building a successful business online.

Carson, the other co-founder works more with the technical team (close to 30 full-time employees) so you will see a bit less of him, although he is still very much active here within the community every day.

Here is a photo of us and our families below (me and my family on LEFT, Carson and family on RIGHT). :)

Our goal in the early stages here is EARN your trust and help you get moving in the right direction with your business. We realize that the industry is full of companies that are not all that trustworthy and it has been our mission over the past 15 years to do things differently. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005, and during this 15 year period we have helped close to 1.7 MILLION people during this time!

The community here is full of amazing people, with a lot of expertise. I know you are going to quickly realize that. In fact, you are going to be able to tap into this knowledge an expertise at any point as you move forward in the training.

I assure you that you have definitely made the right choice in joining the community here at Wealthy Affiliate, you are going to love it here and you are going to quickly realize we care about YOU and your success online!

In the coming days and weeks we are going to be showing you how online success works and we will help you realize your own potential within the Internet space to earn revenue and leverage the internet to grow a business.

Before we continue, we want to point out a few important things:

(1) Anyone Can Accomplish Success Online. There are now over 4 BILLION people using the Internet, regardless of the direction you head online there is a very large number of people there that you can connect with and leverage to create a business online. Members here at WA succeed at the highest rate out of any platform online!

(2) Anything NEW Can "Appear" to be Overwhelming at First. Like riding a bike, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and even "fall" a few times when getting rolling. Don't worry, you will quickly get the hang of things! Stick with Wealthy Affiliate and you will achieve, and far exceed your goals. We teach what works.

(3) No Technical or Prior Online Business Experience Required. If you have experience that is great, but it is definitely not a requirement here at Wealthy Affiliate. Everything related to online business can be learned here within your membership and you definitely do not need to be a "techie".

(4) Success is a Journey. Success is very cumulative by design. This means that everything you do now, and every step you take will contribute towards your personal success in the future. An exciting journey does lie ahead and the effort you put forth now will pay off later and often times forever!

A Quick Look at How YOU Will Be Creating Success

Success online is very simple at it's core. There is a 4-step business building process that you are going to be learning here at Wealthy Affiliate. Here is a quick diagram breaking down the process.

Broken, down, the process looks like this:

Step 1: Choose an Interest. This can be anything at all, any interest, passion or even something you have no personal experience with.

Step 2: Build a Website. Your website is your foundation and we have the most sophisticated and feature rich website and hosting platform here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Step 3: Attract Visitors. You are going to be learning all about how to get traffic and visitors to your website. The first focus is FREE traffic and there is A LOT of it out there.

Step 4: Earn Revenue. Once you have people on your site and traffic, you can earn revenue. There are over 50 ways you can monetize traffic online, and over 550 MILLION products/services that you can promote as an affiliate.

As you go through the training, this is going to be covered in detail. As mentioned, absolutely EVERYTHING you need is here at WA to facilitate this process! It is a true "earn while you learn" environment.

Before we go any further...

We want to give you two simple pieces of advice within the Wealthy Affiliate community.

Piece of Advice #1: Do not be afraid to ask questions! There are 100,000's of people here within WA at any given moment and many, MANY experts. If you need help, please ask!

You will also notice that you have access directly to a coach within WA (see image below), either myself or possibly the person that referred you to WA. You can communicate here if you ever need a hand.

Piece of Advice #2: Take action on what you learn! Action leads to success. You could read and watch the training until you are blue in the face, but if you never take action on it you won't achieve any success.

We don’t want to put any pressure on you and definitely do not want to overwhelm you as you get started, so we are going to give you three simple tasks to perform (as noted below). Spend a few minutes today and complete these tasks! :)

You are currently reading lesson 1 of a 10 lesson Getting Started Course. This course is going to step you through the process of getting started. It will answer all of the questions that you have about earning money on the Internet, and will reveal exactly how to do it.

If you ever need to get back to your training, simply click the Get Started Here button within the side menu. This "smart" button will always take you back to your last completed task and you will also see your progress through the training.

Click the "You Are Here" to get back into your training at any time.

Your Current Tasks :)

In this Lesson you will become involved and immersed within the awesome community here at Wealthy Affiliate. We are a community that cares about your success, and one where you will create wonderful relationships within the industry. You will soon learn that you can SUPERCHARGE your learning and ultimately, your success by being active in the community, and immersing yourself.

This starts with uploading a picture, adding a few words about yourself in your profile description, and getting involved in a live chat with others. These tiny steps are referred to as your "Account Setup" tasks which we will discuss below in a little more detail.

Right now, there is no reason to delay your training, let's get started with your Tasks for today.

Task 1: Watch The Walk Through Video Below

Your first task today is to watch the "Wealthy Affiliate Walkthrough - How YOU Can Benefit From WA" video. This video will walk you through Wealthy Affiliate, show you how to find your way around, show you how to get help, and ultimately show you how WA will help you succeed within the online world.

Click the video below to start watching.


At any time if you have questions as you are watching the Wealthy Affiliate Walkthrough video, simply leave them in the comments section below the video and we will be more than happy to help you out. Remember, there is a TON of help available whenever you need it.

Task 2: Complete Your Account Set-up

Your next task is to set-up your Wealthy Affiliate account. Under your profile image, you will see FOUR circles. These outline the steps to complete your initial Account Set-up.

Setting up your Wealthy Affiliate profile only includes four items:

1.Adding a profile image (can be anything you want, including one of the default options)

2.Add a profile description. Again, you are in control. Share something about yourself, your interests, and perhaps why you are here at WA (and yoru goals online)

3.Start the training. If you are reading this, you have already started the training, so you will see this item already checked off.

4. Set Goals. Set some "money" goals for yourself here at WA. This is going to be great for motivation moving forward, but also will naturally lead to much more achievement.

Simply CLICK on these circles to initiate the set-up process for the corresponding item. If I want to add an image, I would click the first of the four icons.

This may seem very simple (and it is), but there are definite reasons that you are going to want to complete the account set-up process. Here are some benefits to setting up your account:

  • Leads to better networking within the community
  • Your “followers” within the community will go up at least 5x (in some cases)
  • People are more willing to help you if you have a profile
  • Adds a level of credibility within the community
  • Shows others that you are serious about SUCCESS

Immerse yourself within Wealthy Affiliate and you are going to experience a lot more success. It is a rare day within WA when you don’t get to brush shoulders with millionaire marketers hanging out within the community, so take this serious and make your profile (people’s first impression of you) a good one.

Goals are important for achievemenrt and success, so we recommend that you set these early on. And don't worry, as time goes on you can and likely will be setting new goals as you make progress!

Task #3: Understand Your Membership

If you joined for FREE, you currently have a Starter membership . This is the starting point of your success online. You get a good deal of access with the Starter level membership, but you need to know that there is MUCH MORE to be found at WA.

There are huge benefits to going premium when you are ready. Your last task for today is to take a second to learn about our Premium membership and how it differs from the Starter program and will show you just why Wealthy Affiliate is the most trusted and respected platform in the affiliate marketing/internet marketing world and has been for the past 15 years.

Get All of the "Juicy" Details About Premium Here!

You are in good hands here at Wealthy Affiliate. :)

Make us a Promise OK?

We want you to make us a promise today. We want you to give Wealthy Affiliate a chance first and foremost. We know that you may have had bad experiences online in the past and we want you to allow us to prove ourselves to you.

We care about YOU and we care about YOUR personal success more than you think.

Do we have a deal? :)

Again, we want to personally welcome you to the community and we look forward to helping you achieve success online, and far exceeding your expectations :)

Your friends,

Kyle & Carson

PS. When you are done your tasks, simply check them off below and then move onto the next lesson. And if you have any questions at all, please leave them in the comments below.

In the next lesson we are going to be talking all about Making Money! :)

==> Premium Members at Wealthy Affiliate THRIVE Online. Learn More.

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1. Watch the Walk-through Video of Wealthy Affiliate
2. Complete the Account Set-up Process (image, description, goals)
3. Have a look at the Premium Membership Offer

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I´m thinking about gardening/growing your own vegetables and stuff like that as my niche cause it´s a big interest of mine but the thing is i don´t know many garden-specific terms, names of plants etc in english.(i´m swedish), would that be a big problem or maybe i just need a good dictionary? I could always make content in swedish but it´s a small country. Also, would history work as a niche? It´s another big interest for me and i guess there must be a lot of books and e-books to promote.
adminlfe Premium
I think you'll do fine. As you start finding products in your niche, you will pick up the jargon and ideas that are specific to the geographical area your targeting in your niche. I think it is more important that you choose a niche you love, or are at least interested in. I think you're on the right track! Keep up the good work, engage in the training offered by WA, follow the plan, and work toward meeting your goals. You'll go far! Let me know if I can help you in any way.

Kiranoppa Premium
I think you should go for your passion, and gardening is a great niche idea. You can always research the words in English, right? I'm sure all of us non-native English speakers need to use a dictionary for writing content. I certainly do, because there are always some word I don't know.

When it comes to history niche, I would narrow it down a bit. History is a very broad niche.
Thanks for the feedback.
Yes i was thinking about narrowing it down to WW2 or maybe a specific front or something. Anyway, thanks for the feedback.
makmrkt Premium
May I suggest that you refer to Wikipedia for translations. By the way, how are the meatballs up there. Just joking around. I love swedish meatballs. Peace, Mark.
They are delicious, thanks for the feedback!
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - the commission on books is very low, especially if you intend using Amazon. Gardening is a great niche, and I am sure you will have no problem finding the correct words to use.
Thanks for the feedback.
Hey, i have a question. Can a person be an affiliate with different affiliate websites and have one website to sell everything from all affiliate networks/sites?

I have an account with Wealthy Affiliates and still learning, can i also be an affiliate to other affiliate sites and sell all products from all these networks into 1 website only?

Also i need to thick the second box it says "build your affiliate website in your respective nich (chosen from last lesson)", what does that mean? I'm kinda lost.
RTS Premium
yes you can be apart of different affiliate websites. I know I am as long as you have the links and right tools to put them on your site than yes you can sell everything on your site. The tools can be anything from banners, headers, videos that all link to your affiliate link. I am not sure of the last question. Hope the rest helps.
makmrkt Premium
You have presented a good question. It is true that your affiliation with other sites is a major point to being successful. Your question in regards to "building your Affiliate website", Your niche is the strong point in developing your website. Be well defined on the keywords that you choose. The lessons here at WA will guide you through the entire process. Peace, Mark.
Roguebandit Premium
Hello, I chose a name for my website and it's url but then I looked it up afterwards and found out that there's a company out there that already has the name, is this going to be a problem? If so, how can I change the url to my website?
makmrkt Premium
Yes, it can be a problem. I suggest you alter your website name and ,or the domain, ie; net, org , edu. Let me know that may help. Possibly you can give more info on your website. Peace, Mark.
EddySalomon Premium
Yes you should buy a different domain name. Always research a domain by googling it first to see if there are other companies using it. Unfortunately there are no refunds on domains once you purchase them. So let that one expire after the year. But in the mean time, you will want to buy a new one.
To the WA community,

Beautiful people, trust yall are well this friday.

Uhh, we all came here with an ultimatum goal- to learn from Kyle & Carson on how to build a site so that, that one thing we call a "WWW" today could potentially become a source of income in the future for our family and ourselves.

How each one of us got here has pools of tears and beautiful testimonies that one day we will be able to share among ourselves & private peers...some came here inspired to be an online entrepreneur,
others to make an extra income online, and the rest like myself, would like to turn that nothing that i got into something one day that will benefit not only me, but alot of peers that are yet to know about WA.

With that being said, i would like to let any genuine person in the community that am really really battling to raise that $19 for the premium package.

If there's any person graceful enough who could help me pay my premium just for the following month (this one time), so that when i start generating a bit of revenue here and there, i promise to genuiely repay him/her.

Perhaps kyle & Carson could hold me to that promise till i accomplish it, if not their could family deactivate or rightfully give my site to the person.

Please help.

Many thanks.

Your struggling french jiggy🙂
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you cannot ask other members for money. If you are unable to afford the discount rate of $19, then you are unlikely to be able to pay the following months at $49 per month, and you will not start making any money for at least 6 months, even if you were premium.

You can stay as a free member for as long as you want and work on your websites for up to 6 months. If you have now completed all the lessons in level 1, you should now focus on adding lots of written content to your website as this is how you will attract visitors.

Once you have about 20 to 30 articles on your site you can apply to affiliate programs such as Amazon.
Do you write reviews of products? or introduce yourself? What should your articles be about?
DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - first of all you need to pick your niche, the subject of your website. You then write useful articles to help people, plus you recommend products and write reviews of them.

So, your website could be about setting up a new baby's bedroom. You would write lots of articles about the things you might need. Plus, you could recommend a baby monitor or a night light etc and write a review of it.
Msecrets2020 Premium
I have 2 websites im setting up, 1 is cbd/hemp and the other is pets mostly dogs and cat products. I wanted to blog about estate sale/antique resale/ebay etc but i cant think of products that i could be an affiliate for on a site like that. Thats why i went with pet products. Am i on the right track?
TheCatherine Premium
Pets are a great niche billions are spent on them every year
megawinner Premium
Start with your first 2 niches. Keep the other niches you mentioned in your heart!
Msecrets2020 Premium
Thank you i appreciate the guidance. Ive been buying and selling antiques etc for many years so ive got unlimited content to write about but i really didnt see how i could do any affiliate links on that. Looks like ill need to spend some time writing some content ahead of time, lol.
Msecrets2020 Premium
Thank you. I worked at a private cat rescue for several years so its in my blood. Lol
Jewelia Premium

Do you realize that you would need to write 2-3 articles per week for each site? This is 6,000 words +
And if this is all new for you, you'd need to learn...

Start with one website/ one niche as Kyle recommends. Add another one when you feel comfortable with the first one and know exactly what you are doing.

~ Julia
Msecrets2020 Premium
Thank you. Yes i do realize that, and i dont think it will be too big a deal as im disabled and not working otherwise. Check back in a couple weeks, lol i may have a different opinion by then. 😄
Jewelia Premium
Okay, sounds fair enough... As long as you know what you are getting yourself into... both niches are a good choice. 👍